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Bernie Purdie

BERNARD PURDIE was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family – earning his pay with country and carnival bands. 

Manny "Hit Man" Fasano

Manny “Hit Man” FasanoLatin, R&B, Rock Stars, SoulMusically gifted at a young age, Manny “The Hit Man” took the opportunity to study with New York’s broadway percussionist, Dan Haskins and Jeff Hirschfield at the Westchester conservatory of music.  Playing drums was never a conscious decision for Manny...it is a spiritual part of his being.  His timing and creativity is outstanding.....

 

Rusty "Rus" Paul

In tribute to the legendary guitarist, Les Paul, his son, Rusty (Lester G. Paul, Jr) Rusty has been carrying on the family musical legacy, by playing bass with his own group, frequenting the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City....

 

Greg Lykins

Studied with grammy nominee, Doc Powell (Wilson Pickett, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker)before attending Berklee College of Music.....

 

 

 

 

Wayne Cobham

Playing trumpet has been Wayne Cobham’s gift for over 35 years. Along with his Grammy credits, Wayne has been honored by NYC’s Apollo Theater for his contributions and mentorship within the music industry....

 

Rafik Cezanne

Rafik Cezanne is a classically trained, seasoned musician, performing since childhood. Influences include his musical and artistic family comprising of his late father the legendary Leslie Scott (of Porgy and Bess) and his brother Kenneth Kamal Scott...


 

 

Gene Madigan
 Gene began playing many musical instruments at a young age then fell in love with the bass guitar and began performing professionally at 16. Son of celebrity country guitarist Rex Stone (Hank Williams Sr) .....
Al Witoff
This Long Islander jumped into the music scene at the age of 13 and formed his first band the Noava Express. He went on to tour in Canada and performed in many bands from the 70s on.   Al is also writes books about guitars...
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